Obediah Brown

Male 1804 - 1889  (84 years)


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  • Name Obediah Brown 
    Nickname Dyer, Dire 
    Born 07 Nov 1804  Toronto, York County, Ontario ?, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    PATENT 25 Jul 1873  Tuolumne County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Patentee: DYER BROWN
    Survey
    State: CALIFORNIA
    Acres: 160
    Metes/Bounds: No
    Title Transfer
    Issue Date: 7/25/1873
    Land Office: Assigned For Automation
    Cancelled: No
    U.S. Reservations: No
    Mineral Reservations: No
    Authority: March 17, 1842: Scrip or Nature of Scrip (5 Stat. 607)
    Document Numbers
    Document Nr.: 1543
    Accession/Serial Nr.: CACAAA 106473
    BLM Serial Nr.: CACAAA 106473 
    Died 13 May 1889  Burneyville, San Joaquin County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Burwood Cemetery, Escalon, San Joaquin County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • grave not found
    Notes 
    • Obediah (Dyer) Brown, 1804-1889, Canada>Ohio>Illinois>California

      Our ancestor Obediah (Dyer) Brown was born 7 November 1804 in Canada,
      perhaps Toronto, York County, Ontario. His father was William or
      Jonathon Brown and his mother was Elizabeth Brooker or Brougher or Cronk
      or Kronk.

      After the death of Dyer's father about 1812, Dyer's mother Elizabeth
      moved with most of her children to an area 2.5 miles southwest of
      Mechanicsburg, Champaign County, Ohio.

      In 1820, she and four sons were
      listed in the 1820 Federal Census in Deer Creek Township, Madison
      County, Ohio. One son was under 10, one (Dyer) was 10-15, 2 sons were 16-25, and Elizabeth was 45 or older.

      The first known written mention of Dyer Brown is from the Court of
      Common Pleas, Probate Division a certificate to copy of record: "1641
      Dyer Brown To Jane McMillin Febry. 7th 1828/ The State of Ohio
      Champaign County SL. I hereby certify that on the 7th day of Febry I
      joined together in the holy state of matrimony Dyer Brown and Jane
      McMillin of lawful age Given under my hand and seal this 7th day of
      Febry AD. 1828."

      Jane was born in 1810 in Monroe Township, Madison County, Ohio. There
      is some evidence that her family may have come from Pennsylvania.
      Jane's last name has been written many ways including McMullin.

      In 1830, Dyer and Jane Brown, both 20-30, were counted on the Federal Census for Monroe Township, Madison County, Ohio with a daughter under 5.

      About 1835, Dyer and his family moved to Pike County, Illinois. His
      mother Elizabeth and several of her other children and their families
      moved to Illinois about the same time.

      On 28 October 1840, Dyer Brown aged 30-40 appeared on the Pike County, Illinois Federal Census with his wife Jane aged 20-30, two sons (one under 5 and one 10-14), and three daughters (one under 5, one 5-9, and one 10-14).

      On 3 Nov 1840, Dyer purchased two Land Patents in Pike County Illinois
      of 40 acres each from the Quincy Land Office. One tract was described
      in Document Nr.: 10169, Accession/Serial Nr.: IL4050__.111, BLM Serial
      Nr.: IL NO S/N, Description: SESW 14/ 4-S 6-W No 4th PM - 1815
      Illinois IL Pike. The other tract was in Document Nr.: 6229,
      Accession/Serial Nr.: IL3980__.098, BLM Serial Nr.: IL NO S/N,
      Description: SWSW 1/ 5-S 6-W No 4th PM - 1815 Illinois IL Pike.

      On 14 Sep 1850, he was still living in Pike County, Illinois and on the
      Census in the West Division, Township Four S Five W. He was listed as
      Dire Brown, 44 years old, married, a farmer, and born in Canada. His
      wife Jane was listed as 40 years of age and born in Ohio. Eight of
      their nine children were listed with them.

      Between 1852 and 1853, Dyer Brown and his family moved with others in a
      wagon train from Pike County, Illinois to Drytown, Amador County,
      California. Along the way, a smallpox epidemic took the life of his
      wife Jane and scarred their baby Mary.

      In the 21 Sep1860 Census of Tuolomne County, California, Dyer was living
      with his daughter Hannah Frances Crosby and her husband in Township #6,
      Green Springs Post Office. Dyer Brown was listed at 60 years of age,
      born in CE, with $420 in personal property.

      By the 1870 Federal Census on 22 July, Dyer was living in Washington
      Township, Langworth Post Office in Stanislaus County, California. In
      this census, Dyer was the head of the household, 66, a farmer, $4000 in
      real estate, $5000 in personal property, a male citizen of the United
      States born in Canada, with parents of foreign birth. His daughter
      Hannah and her family were living with him.

      On 25 July 1873, Dyer purchased another Land Patent of 160 acres
      described in Document Nr.: 1543, Accession/Serial Nr.: CACAAA 106473,
      BLM Serial Nr.: CACAAA 106473, Description: ENE 31/ 1-S 13-E No
      Mount Diablo CA Tuolumne, WNW 32/ 1-S 13-E No Mount Diablo CA
      Tuolumne

      In his last Federal Census on 9 June 1880 in Camp Washington, Stanislaus
      County, California, Dyer was still living with his daughter Hannah and
      her husband. He was listed as a 76 year old widower, blind, and born in
      Canada of parents born in Canada.

      In 1882, The History of Madison County, Ohio, by W. H. Beers & Co. of
      Chicago wrote that James and Dwyer (Dyer) Brown, two brothers, were
      natives of New York, but became residents of Somerford Township about
      1818-20...Dwyer (Dyer) Brown married a Miss McMullen, and subsequently
      moved West."

      Dyer Brown wrote a will on 10 July 1886 in San Joaquin County,
      California. He died 13 May 1889 at the home of his daughter Matilda
      Huntley in Burneyville, San Joaquin County, California and was buried in
      the Burwood Cemetery, Riverbank, San Joaquin County, California. His
      grave there has not been found.

      On 28 May 1889, the following document was presented: "#1683 In the
      Probate Court of the County of San Joaquin State of California. In the
      matter of the Estate of Dyer Brown Deceased. Petition for Probate of
      Will. To the Hon. Joseph H. Budd Judge of the Probate Court of the
      County of San Joaquin State of California. The petition of Lyman L
      Huntley of the said county State of California, respectfully shows:
      That Dyer Brown died on or about the __ day of April 1889 ... in San
      Joaquin County in this state. That said deceased at the time of his
      death was a resident of the County of San Joaquin in said State and left
      estate therein consisting of personal property: That the probable value
      and character of the said property are as follows, to wit: a note and
      mortgage for the sum $225.00 and a trunk and wearing apparel, in all of
      the value including said note, of about $235.00. That the estate and
      effects, for or in respect of which the probate of the will hereinafter
      mentioned is hereinafter applied for, does not exceed the sum of two
      hundred and thirty-five dollars; That said deceased left a will bearing
      the date the 10nth day of July AD 1886 in the possession of your
      petitioner which your petitioner believes and therefore allege to be the
      last will and testament of said deceased, and which is herewith
      presented in said Probate Court: That your petitioner and one Matilda
      Huntley are named in said will as executor and executrix thereof: and
      Aury Brown aged about forty-eight years, residing at Stockton in this
      county of San Joaquin is named therein as legatee: That the subscribing
      witnesses to said will are W. J. Scott residing in the county of San
      Joaquin and James M. McCarty residing in the County of San Joaquin.
      That the next of kin of said testator whom your petitioner is advised
      and believes and therefore alleges to be the heirs at law of said
      testator: and the names ages and residences of said heirs are Aury Brown
      aged about forty-eight years, residing at Stockton in San Joaquin County
      California; Louisa Hartley aged about 45 years, residing at Modesto in
      Stanislaus County in this state; Mary Hocker, residing in Calaveras
      County; Matilda Huntley of Stockton in this county; Nancy Biter of
      Drytown in Amador County; Drucilla Gillam residing near Redwood City in
      this state; Martha Jones of the territory (or state) of Washington; the
      children of James Brown, whose names and residences are unknown to
      petitioner; Hannah Crosby of Taylor County in the state of Texas. That
      at the time said will was executed, to wit: on the said 10th day of
      July 1886 the said testator was over the age of eighteen years, to wit:
      of the age of about seventy-three years or thereabouts, and was of
      sound and disposing mind, and not acting under duress, menace, fraud, or
      undue influence, and was in every respect competent, by last will, to
      dispose of all his estate; That said will is in writing signed by the
      said testator and attested by said subscribing witnesses, at the request
      of said testator subscribing their names to the said will in the
      presence of the said testator and in the presence of each other; and
      that as your petitioner is advised, and therefore allege said witnesses,
      at the time of attesting the execution of said will, were, and are now
      competent; That said Matilda Huntley is your petitioner's wife.
      Wherefore, your petitioner prays that the said will may be admitted to
      Probate and that Letters of administration be issued to your petitioner,
      and that for that purpose Your Honor appoint a time for proving said
      will, and that all persons inter.........and directed to appear at the
      time appointed for proving the same; and subpoenas be directed to be
      issued to the said subscribing witnesses to the said will, residing in
      the said San Joaquin County; and that all other necessary and proper
      orders may be made in the premises. And your petitioner will ever pray,
      etc. Dated May 28th 1887 L. L. Huntley ... ..."

      Dyer and Jane McMullan Brown had nine known children. They were:

      Matilda Brown was born 7 February 1828 in Monroe, Madison County, Ohio.
      She married Lyman Lysander Huntley 18 September 1847 in Pike County,
      Illinois.

      James M Brown was born about 1831 in Muskingum River, Madison County,
      Ohio. He married Mary Ann Willis 22 May 1851 in Pike County, Illinois.

      Nancy Lucinda Brown was born about 1833 in Madison County, Ohio. She
      married a Mr. Biter.

      Aury Brown was born in 1835 after the family moved to Pike County,
      Illinois. He never married.

      Drucilla Brown was born about 1838 in Illinois. She married a Mr. Gillam.

      Hannah Frances Brown was born in 1842 in Pike County, Illinois. She
      married James Harvey Crosby about 1858 in California.

      Louisa Jane Brown was born 8 September 1846 in Pike County, Illinois.
      She married a Mr. Hartley.

      Martha Brown was born in May 1847 in Pike County, Illinois. She married
      John B Jones in 1863.

      Mary Brown was born in 1850 in Pike County, Illinois. She married a Mr.
      Hocker.

      by Honey Lanham Dodge

    Person ID I524  Root Tree
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2009 

    Father William/Jonathon Brown 
    Mother Elizabeth Brooker 
    Family ID F405  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane McMullin,   b. 1810, Monroe Township, Madison County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1853, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Married 07 Feb 1828  Champaign County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • McMillin, Jane Spouse : Brown, Dyer
      Marriage date : Feb 7, 1828
      County of record : Champaign Co.
    Children 
    +1. Matilda Brown,   b. 05 Jan 1829, Monroe, Madison County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1898, Oakdale, Stanislaus County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +2. James M Brown,   b. 1831, Muskingham River, Madison County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1862, Stockton, San Joaquin County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
    +3. Nancy Lucinda Brown,   b. Mar 1833, Monroe, Madison County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1912, Stockton, San Joaquin County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years)
     4. Aurey Brown,   b. Mar 1834, Pike County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1909, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
    +5. Drucilla Brown,   b. 18 Sep 1838, Pike County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1895  (Age 56 years)
    +6. Hannah Frances Brown,   b. 1842, Pike County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1899, Maricopa County, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    +7. Louisa Jane Brown,   b. 08 Sep 1846, Pike County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1907, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    +8. Martha Ellen Brown,   b. May 1847, Pike County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Mary Brown,   b. Jun 1850, Pike County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2009 
    Family ID F200  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    1840 Land Patent
Pike County, Illinois
Dyer Brown
    1840 Land Patent Pike County, Illinois Dyer Brown
    1840 Land Patent
Pike County, Illinois
Dyer Brown - 2
    1840 Land Patent Pike County, Illinois Dyer Brown - 2
    1828 Marriage Certification
Champaign County, Ohio
Obediah Brown & Jane McMillen
    1828 Marriage Certification Champaign County, Ohio Obediah Brown & Jane McMillen

    Census Records
    1830 Census
Monroe, Madison County, Ohio
Obediah Brown
    1830 Census Monroe, Madison County, Ohio Obediah Brown
    1830 Census
Monroe, Madison County, Ohio
Obediah Brown - part 2
    1830 Census Monroe, Madison County, Ohio Obediah Brown - part 2
    1840 Census
Pike County, Illinois
Obediah Brown
    1840 Census Pike County, Illinois Obediah Brown
    1840 Census
Pike County, Illinois
Obediah Brown - part 2
    1840 Census Pike County, Illinois Obediah Brown - part 2
    1850 Census
Pike County, Illinois
Obediah Brown
    1850 Census Pike County, Illinois Obediah Brown
    1860 Census
Green Springs, Tuolumne County, California
James Crosby
    1860 Census Green Springs, Tuolumne County, California James Crosby
    1870 Census
Longworth, Washington, Stanislaus County, California
Dyer Brown
    1870 Census Longworth, Washington, Stanislaus County, California Dyer Brown
    1880 Census
Camp Washington, Stanislaus County, California
James Harvey Crosby
    1880 Census Camp Washington, Stanislaus County, California James Harvey Crosby